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Volunteer in Ladakh, India - Serving Kids with Dental Care
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Volunteer in Ladakh, India - Serving Kids with Dental Care

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Visiting a Himalayan Kingdom

As a first-time non-medical volunteer with Global Dental Relief in 2006, I was amazed that someone with no experience could be part of a team that could make such an impact on children's lives through dental care. Additionally, the setting for the clinics, Leh, Ladakh, at 12,000 feet and steeped in Buddhist, Ladakhi, Muslim and Kashmiri culture offered distinctive vacation options and experiences. Just the flight over the Himalayas was one of the most striking I've ever experienced. This one trip introduced me to the GDR organization which is now an annual trip and big part of my life.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Dental clinic in Ladakh

I am a dentist, and I have done 5 dental missions in South/Central America and Haiti. This was the most well-organized in terms of patient care (really impactful preventative dentistry rather than simply extracting hopeless teeth). I felt that we were really helping these kids get off to a good start and avoiding problems as adults. The lodging, clinic, food, etc were really great. They even hired local dancers and musicians one night for our entertainment. Leh is a beautiful town, clean but dusty and extremely safe. Unfortunately it looks like this quiet trekking destination may be getting ‘discovered’ as there are a lot of new guest houses being built, so go soon!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Volunteer Denntal Assistant

This was truly the most profound experience in my life on a spiritual and social level. I will never forget it and the impact I saw this program have on the kids we served! To be a part of something so giving and generous was life changing. And I truly enjoyed the culture of Ledakh as well. Amazing part of my life and I pray I get the chance to volunteer again!!!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

High Himalayas

Leh reminds me of New Mexico one hundred years ago. Agriculture is by irrigation, everything is at altitude, homes are adobe, and cows and burros scavenge the streets for treats. Between clinics, I amused myself by drinking tea in the market with shop owners and watching life go by. This is, by far, my favorite clinic.